What is OET?

The OET (Occupational English Test) is an English language test, tailor-made for healthcare professionals wishing to register and practise in English-speaking countries. It is recognised by healthcare boards and councils in the UK, the USA, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Singapore and more. The test aims at providing an accurate understanding of a candidate’s capacity to communicate in English specifically in a healthcare setting. The OET is available to be taken by health professionals belonging to 12 diverse fields - dentistry, dietetics, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech pathology, and veterinary science

Why should I prepare for the OET at CILA?

That’s a good question! Here are 5 reasons why:

  • OET endorses us. Since 2020, CILA has been a Premium Preparation Provider, 1 of the only 7 such institutes in India. To quote OET themselves we have ‘demonstrated high levels of quality in material creation and curriculum planning’. Find us on their list of Premium Preparation Providers here.
  • Our trainers are OET accredited. We employ only the best because we want to give you the best. All our teachers are registered OET instructors who have received the OET Knowledge Badge with a certification in teaching English from Trinity College London or the University of Cambridge. You can get to know them better here.
  • We have a unique approach to training. At CILA we do not believe in simply preparing you for the OET, but facilitating the development of your communication skills to face the real English-speaking world as well. We aim to inculcate skills that stay with you for a lifetime.
  • We take care of everything from A to Z. From the moment you enrol at CILA, you do not have to worry about anything except getting here on time for your sessions everyday. From all the resources you need – whether it be OET approved coursebooks, practice worksheets, notebooks and even stationery – all the way to assistance booking your test and even putting you in contact with recruitment agencies after you’ve achieved your desired scores, we cover it all.
  • We are certified partners of Cambridge University Press. For the past 5 years, CILA has been one of the largest consumers of authentic training materials from the Cambridge University Press in the country. We provide you only the best, be it the Empower series for general English improvement or our IELTS and OET training materials.

If I do the OET preparation course at CILA, which modules will I be covering?

Just as in the IELTS, the OET tests 4 skills in a candidate – reading, listening, speaking and writing. While the Reading and Listening modules are the same for all professions, the Writing and Speaking modules have been developed specifically to test a candidate’s language skills in situations that are particular to their specialty alone. At CILA we will be covering all 4 modules, along with one extra module – Grammar for Writing.

Module Time Taken + Raw Score Description
Reading Part A = 15 min
Parts B & C = 45 min
Total = 1 hour
Raw Score = 42
The OET Reading test has 3 parts – Parts A, B and C respectively.
  • Part A provides a candidate 4 texts/charts used in a hospital setting with 20 questions to answer. These are a mix of gap-fills, one-word answer questions and a matching task.
  • Part B comprises 6 texts which are excerpts from emails, notices, memos and other workplace communication. Each text has 1 MCQ based on it, with 3 options to choose from, making it a total of 6 MCQS.
  • Part C is made up of 2 large texts, generally articles from medical journals or research papers. There are 8 MCQs for each text (a total of 16 MCQs) with 4 options to choose from.
You can find more details about the OET Writing test on the official OET website here: The OET Reading Test
Listening Part A = 8-10 min (approx.)
Part B = 10-12 min (approx.)
Part C = 10-15min (approx.)
Total = 45-50 min (approx.)
including pauses between audios

Raw Score = 42
The OET Listening test has 3 parts – Parts A, B and C respectively.
  • Part A consists of completing the gaps in a health professional’s notes (like a short case note) while listening to the professional’s consultation with a patient. There are 2 such consultations, each of them being 5 minutes in length. There are 24 gaps to be filled in total, with 12 gaps for each consultation.
  • Part B comprises 6 audios – each being 1 minute in length, which present a workplace conversation, generally between two health professionals, like a handover or a briefing. Each audio has 1 MCQ based on it, with 3 options to choose from, making it a total of 6 MCQS.
  • Part C presents 2 recorded presentations by or interviews with healthcare professionals, each about 5 minutes in length. Candidates are expected to answer 6 MCQs based on each audio (a total of 12 MCQs) with 3 options to choose from.
  • You can find more details about the OET Listening test on the official OET website here: The OET Listening Test
Speaking Warm up = 2-4 min
Preparation time = 3 min x 2
Speaking time = 5 min x 2
Total = 20 min (approx.)
Raw Score = 39
The OET Speaking test comprises 2 role-plays wherein a candidate will be given a situation where they have to interact with a patient (played by the OET interlocutor). The situation will be specific to their profession only and they will have 3 minutes to prepare prior to each roleplay, during which they can go through the cue card detailing the scenario and their tasks. Each role-play will then play out for 5 minutes, during which candidates are expected to complete as many tasks on their cue card as they can. Prior to the role-play, the interlocutor will ask the candidate a few warm-up questions about familiar topic to make the candidate comfortable – these are general questions about them; their educational qualifications, job, interests, family, etc. You can find more details about the OET Speaking test on the official OET website here: The OET Speaking Test
Writing Reading time = 5 min
Writing time = 40 min
Total = 45 min
Raw Score = 39
For the OET Writing test candidates will be given a patient case note. They are required to write a formal letter to another medical or non-medical professional requesting their reader to perform one or more tasks for the patient in question. Candidates will have 5 minutes to read the case note and 40 minutes to write the letter. You can find more details about the OET Writing test on the official OET website here: The OET Writing Test
Grammar for Writing & Speaking NA This is NOT a module in the OET; however, it is a module covered at CILA to help potential candidates cope better with the Writing and Speaking modules. It covers basic as well as complex grammar concepts that are necessary when writing an OET letter or doing the speaking role-play.

How is the OET course structured at CILA?

The OET Preparation course at CILA is an 8-week course. However, if you wish to do a crash course focusing only on specific modules, this is possible as well. You can also attend extra exam practice batches if you feel you need more practice before the exam! The complete OET course at CILA is structured as follows; please note, they will not necessarily run in the same order, however for each student taking up the complete course, all 5 modules will be covered in no particular order before they begin the exam batch.

How much would I have to pay?

Course Type Description Fee
Complete Course
(8 weeks)
The complete 8-week course covering all modules and 5 weeks of exam practice.The sessions will include skill development classes for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and enough practice tests for all modules and individual correction and feedback. 14,000 INR including textbooks, notebooks, practice materials, stationery etc.
Crash Course
(6 weeks)
A 6-week intensive course for improving the OET Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking skills with ample practice tests followed by individual correction and feedback. Rs.11000 including textbooks, notebooks, practice materials, stationery etc.
Crash Course
(4 weeks)
A 4-week intensive course for improving the OET Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking skills with ample practice tests followed by individual correction and feedback. Recommended for repeaters. Rs.8000 including textbooks, notebooks, practice materials, stationery etc.
ONLINE PART-TIME (convenient for working nurses) Course Duration: 16 weeks. There will be 2 OET training slots (timings) daily from Monday to Friday. The first slot is from 9.30 am to 11.30 am and the same session will be repeated by the same teacher from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm (All Indian time). Students need to attend only one of these slots at your convenience. The sessions will include skill development classes for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and enough practice tests for all modules and individual correction and feedback. 20,000 INR including textbooks, notebooks, practice materials and stationery (will be sent by courier)
Crash Course 1 or more modules of your choice and/or exam practice weeks. 2,000 INR per week
Extra Exam Practice Extra exam practice beyond the initial 3 weeks for previously enrolled students who completed the 8-week course. An additional 1,500 INR per week
I would like to apply… where do I turn in my application? – Right here!

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Do you have any further questions? Here are some FAQs!

About the OET

For each module, your raw score will be converted into a final numerical score out of 500. This final score is then assigned an alphabetical grade from A to E which determines whether you are eligible to work abroad. While more countries require candidates to score a B with a minimum score of 350 in each module, countries like the UK accept a C+ for the writing module as long as the other three grades are B.
Numerical Score Grade
450 – 500 A
350 – 440 B
300 – 340 C+
200 – 290 C
100 – 190 D
00 – 90 E
You can find more information about this here: OET Results and Assessments

You can do this at CILA. CILA will take care of the entire procedure for you! All you have to do is pay the exam fee and provide us a copy of your passport and we will book your exam to your preferred date and venue.

While the OET has no strict eligibility criteria in place, it is recommended that you fulfil the following before you chose to apply for the same:
  • You are a practicing healthcare professional OR you hold at least a graduate degree in 1 of the 12 medical disciplines the OET assesses.
  • You are a non-native English speaker i.e.; English is your second language.
  • You wish to work in an English-speaking environment outside your country.
  • You currently hold a passport which does not belong to an English-speaking country.

Now this is a tricky question! But we have an answer – prior to joining the OET course at CILA, you will be required to take a short assessment to check your proficiency in the English language. Based on your results, we will choose to place you directly in the OET course or in our English Language Empowerment program which will help you polish your English to the level required by the OET.

NO. The OET is strictly a language test and does not assess your medical knowledge. However, knowledge of the medical professional will certainly help you navigate the tests a little better!

Right here on their official website.
You can also track all updates and additional resources provided by the OET themselves on the official OET Blog.
And if you’d like to check out a few sample tests for each module, you can find them here: Free OET Sample Tests

About the OET at CILA

Classes at generally held from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Students are given a short break between 11:00 and 11:30 and a lunch break from 1 pm to 2 pm. However, the break timings are flexible and may be adjusted by 5-10 minutes by the teacher’s and students’ discretion.

CILA is easily accessible by any mode of public transport:
  • Cabs can easily be booked via Ola and Uber to drop you to the location; it is easy to find on the map and generally well known in the area in case you have trouble navigating.
  • There is also a bus stand right outside the main gate of INKEL Business Park and a rickshaw stand right opposite. Once you get to the main gate, a we run a bus service in the morning and the evening that you can peruse to get to the institution.
  • If you fancy a walk from the main gate, it’s about a 10-minute walk to the institute. As long as the scorching Kerala heat isn’t boring down your neck, it is a quiet and serene walk cutting through lush greenery, allowing you to experience a slice of God’s own Country every morning.

Yes, CILA has a bus service that will pick you up from the main gate of INKEL Business Park and drop you to the entrance of the building. We run multiple bus rounds depending on how many students require the service during fixed timings in the morning and the evening. We understand it is a long walk and do not want any of our students to suffer in the sun! You can catch our bus here. The timings for the bus are as follows:
Morning Between 9:00 to 9:25
Evening Between 3:15 to 5:30

Currently we provide only offline classes for the OET. However, if need be, CILA is more than equipped to move online or provide blended courses.

Yes! You can choose to attend training for only 1, 2, 3 or all 4 modules at CILA. You can also choose only to attend the exam batch, should you wish too. You can also attend the exam batch for as many weeks as you like! Details regarding this can be found here: Course Structure and here: Fee Structure.

No, there is nothing you need to do, apart from show up to class! However, it is recommended that you look through the official OET website and do a little reading before you come to class so that you have an idea of what you are getting into. You can look up some things here: Read up on the OET!

Yes, we can! We can provide assistance to put you in touch with credible recruitment agencies to help you complete your OET journey
Do you have something else you’d like to know? Leave us a message and we’ll get right back to you!

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I got my OET results today and am at cloud nine. It was happened only because of my God's grace and a spectacular training from my teachers at CILA, Angamaly. They're highly professional and skilful especially when it comes to Speaking and Writing. They care all the students individually...I dedicate my success to my institution...Thank you all.

Anu Thomas

My wife has got excellent training for OET in CILA. They have a very structured and well-developed training for OET 2.0 in the new version. OET course is taught by teachers who are highly qualified. They will teach the students to pass the OET exam instead of just giving some practice tests. It is the right place for OET training.

Sam Varghese

CILA is a very nice institution. I am very happy to study there and I could pass my OET in the first attempt. Their teaching faculty is really amazing . Of course, I will recommend this institution for all OET aspirants to make their dream come true.

Binta Binoy

I did OET here. Tutors are well experienced and friendly. I extend my gratitude towards our madams: Sanchita, Geetha, Greety for paving our way in super friendly manner. They were so supportive till the main day. I thank the organization for providing us with good study materials and study space. Thank you for the persons at help desk for answering all queries on time. Thank you CILA for supporting our dreams.

Lovely Kuldeep Singh

The best academy for OET and many more. I studied here and got good results. I strongly recommend this academy for all of you out there. Don’t miss their classes. Great faculty too. Thank you so much CILA.

Helan Johny

I'm a fresher in attending OET and I got an excellent training from CILA...My trainers helped me a lot. It was a great experience with qualified trainers from CILA. Now I'm really confident in appearing for OET.

Aswini Aji

Excellent Coaching for OET. Worth joining CILA for OET training

Janet Augustine

who wants to score high grade in any of these exams, I strongly recommend CILA to achieve your dreams.


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